china and japan

Readings

Stalker (2018)

7. Edo Popular Culture: The Floating World and Beyond (late 17th to mid-19th centuries)
8. Facing and Embracing the West (1850s–1900s)

Wasserstrom and Cunningham (2018)

Schools of Thought
Imperial China
Platt (2018) “New Domestic and Global Challenges, 1792-1860.”

Bickers (2018) “Restoration and Reform, 1860-1900.”

Assignment

Part 1: My Top Three MITs (Most Interesting/Important Topics/Events)

Identify the three topics or events from these chapters that you found to be most interesting or important and briefly discuss what you found particularly interesting or important about them and why. Choose no more than one MIT from any given reading (take the above as a total of four readings). Format Part 1 using bullets or numbering, as below:
[MIT 1]
[MIT 2]
[MIT 3]

Part 2: My ChinaJapan Illustration

Find a current “cultural artifact” about China or Japan today–a story, article, book, website, film, piece of music or literature, etc., etc.–that in your view illustrates how one of your MITs continues to be relevant or present or somehow impactful in China or Japan today. Discuss this connection. How would you account for the continuing presence of your topic in today’s world as illustrated by your cultural artifact? What’s it doing in today’s world? What other functions, connections, or contradictions do you see? Think creatively and critically. Format Part 2 using one or more standard paragraphs.